2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Whining

Tiny
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When I went to start up my car this morning I had a whining noise coming from the engine bay. My power steering fluid was low so I added some. After adding the fluid the car stopped whining while just idling, but it continued to whine while I accelerated or turned the wheel sharp. Can this be because I let the fluid get so low, or could there be a problem with the pump itself?
Saturday, November 15th, 2014 AT 2:44 PM

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Tiny
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How low did the fluid get? Are you sure the belt is tight?
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Saturday, November 15th, 2014 AT 5:19 PM
Tiny
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It was pretty low. Like right at the very end of the stick. I didn't think to check the belt, but I can do so in the morning. Will it be pretty obvious if it's loose or not by just looking at it?
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Saturday, November 15th, 2014 AT 6:38 PM
Tiny
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You should be able to tell if it is too loose. Not hearing the noise myself makes it hard to know if it is from the pump or the belt.
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Monday, November 17th, 2014 AT 5:27 AM
Tiny
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The belt was wasn't loose, but the noise has stopped. I guess it did have something to do with fluid getting too low.
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Monday, November 17th, 2014 AT 8:54 AM
Tiny
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If it has stopped, maybe it has bled itself. Let me know if it starts again.
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Monday, November 17th, 2014 AT 9:14 AM

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